There is my first topic, where I recieved help but now I need to get more help with formatting and reinstalling windows.
I have a Compaq Presario C300(RL177UA#ABA).
I need to format and reinstall to get rid of the virus I have.
But I can only backup certain files and I'm not sure how to do it or what is recommended to back up.
If you could give the first link a read through, it would probably help.
Also, I plan on using an external drive to back everything up.
All help is appreciated.
Here is something about the virus, incase you don't know what it is or does.
Your System is infected with Virut!!
Virut is a file infecting virus which is able to modify itself each and every time it runs. In addition, when it infects, sometimes it will destroy the file it tries to latch onto.
For these reasons, you really can't truly fix Virut. You will need to format/reinstall the operating system on this machine.
There are bugs in the viral code. When the virus produces infected files, it also creates non-functional files that also contain the virus.
W32/Virut.h is a polymorphic, entry point obscuring (EPO) file infector with IRC bot functionality. It can accept commands to download other malware on the compromised machine.
It appends to the end of the last section of executable (PE) files an encrypted copy of its code. The decryptor is polymorphic and can be located either:
Immediately before the encrypted code at the end of the last section
At the end of the code section of the infected host in 'slack-space' (assuming there is any)
At the original entry point of the host (overwriting the original host code)
Miekiemoes, one of our team members here and an MS-MVP, additionally has a blog post about Virut.
Also I was suggested this.
I suggest you to start backup all of your valuable data/documents/pictures/movies/songs/etc..
Do NOT backup any applications/installers and Do NOT backup any .exe/.scr/.htm/.html/.xml/.zip/.rar files...
This because these files may be infected as well. If you back them up and replace them afterwards, it will infect your computer again.
Edited by SIH, 20 April 2009 - 09:46 PM.